In this Issue of the African Journal of Rural Development (Vol. 2, Issue 3), 10 of the 12 articles published are authored by university-based research teams and for the other two articles, the authors are affiliated to National and International Research Institutions. All the articles, except for Nkunya (2017) and Nyongesa (2017) have a diverse representation in terms of authorship between and among departments at the same university/institution engaged in knowledge co-creation with end-user communities as a strategy to enhance uptake and adoption. Although Nkunya (2017) and Nyongesa (2017) are single authored articles, there is emphasis on the importance of partnerships as a pre-requisite for research to enhance contribution to socio-economic development and accelerate attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Institutional engagement and representation in research implementation underpins the importance of multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches in relation to promoting uptake of research outputs and  innovations in rural development. The premise of this proclamation is based on the collaborative engagement limitations of the Linear Research and Development Model which makes the Integrated Research and Development Model, as discussed in Nkunya (2017), more superior on account of facilitating greater collaboration that recognises all partners as equal in the research implementation process. The key issues addressed are clearly very broad in scope and are associated with rural development processes that are characterised with complexity that can only be addressed with cooperation between expertise with diverse backgrounds both in natural and social sciences.

Published: 2018-01-17

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